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How can personality tests help you find a career match?
We are almost always encouraged to go after our goals and work hard for what we want, but what if we do not know what we want? People of all ages in all stages of life experience this dilemma whether they are choosing a first career or making a change after several years. It could be because our first choice was not the right match for our skill set or perhaps our interests have changed over the years.
If you are among the many wondering what to pursue, consider taking some personality and interest tests to help guide you. Personality tests are usually a series of questions that strive to help you define and understand your preferences and tendencies. Some questions are very straightforward whereas others try to gain insight indirectly.
While you may not be able to rely exclusively on tests to identify your preferred career, the process of introspection might point you in the right direction. Some of the tests that match you with potential careers may even introduce you to options with which you would not otherwise be familiar.
The following are different types of tests to get you started. Some have a fee while others are free of charge. Note that these are not scientifically validated, but they should give you some good ideas.
According to the site, the Sokanu career test is a 20 minute interest, personality, and preference assessment that measures you against over 100 traits and uses that data to accurately match you to over 800 careers. The site matches the data set about your personality to data it has collected about careers from several sources.
The test is free of charge.
The MBTI is designed to show you where you fall on four different spectrums. They are your favorite world – are you an extravert or introvert, how you interpret information, how you make decisions and finally how you apply structure to your environment. Based on your answers, the test assigns you a letter for each category, depending on where you fall in the spectrum. You end up with four letters that correspond to a personality type.
The official test has a fee, but here is a free version to give you a general idea.
According to the website, the test was founded by two female Harvard/MIT-trained PhDs, Pymetrics uses neuroscience games and bias-free AI to predictively match people with jobs where they’ll perform at the highest levels.
Try it for free.
The SDS is based on the RIASEC theory that says people and work environments can be classified into six different types: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional. The test is designed to match personality to occupation.
The fee is $9.95
O*NET Interest Profiler is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration, and developed by the National Center for O*NET Development.
The O*Net can help you recognize your interests and how they can direct you toward a certain occupation.
There is no charge for this test.
The test measures five different factors of personality: Openness to Experience, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness and Neuroticism. The test claims to be based on modern personality research, and has 60 questions.
For a short description of your results, the test is free. For a more detailed description, the fee is $29.
Oprah.com asked the Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation to develop five activities, each to test a separate skillset. Each skillset is associated to different types of jobs. Complete the activities to determine where you excel and which careers most utilize your abilities.
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